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Drainage crossing ordinance approved by county


CO2 pipeline company voices qualms


State commission approves Silver Lake shore stabilization project


Some proposed plans for stabilizing Silver Lake's shores got the go-ahead from state officials last month. Iowa's Natural Resource Commission approved the construction project Jan. 19. The recently approved work is just a portion of the overall improvement efforts and will span about 4,000 feet of deteriorated public shoreline in the northwestern portion of the lake. Work is anticipated to be complete by mid-September this year.

H-LP Superintendent to step down at school year's end



The Harris-Lake Park School District is preparing for some changes in its administration.


Bouse to transition to Storm Lake Schools

He's changed buildings, and he's changed offices once or twice, but Justin Bouse has been with Okoboji Schools for more than 20 years. And now he's preparing to make yet another transition — this time with a change in school colors.

Proposed Lake Park development making waves

Council holds off on rezoning approval

By Seth Boyes - News Editor


The Lake Park City Council members may soon be facing the city's most serious decision in recent history, according to Mayor Matt Carstensen.

Reverts named to H-LP Board of Education



Candidate Jamie Reverts is expected to join the Harris-Lake Park Board of Education later this month.

H-LP Superintendent Andy Irwin said former board member Arin Elser recently stepped down after taking a new job, and Reverts will fill the remainder of Elser's term. If soon-to-be-seated board member decides to seek another term, she will appear on the ballot in November of 2023.

Shake it up: Spirit Lake show choir readies to host annual competition


Months of preparation is about to pay off for the Spirit Lake Schools Music Department.

The annual Shake the Lakes jazz and show choir competition will welcome ensembles from dozens of school districts to the Sami Bedell Performing Arts Center in Spirit Lake next week. The 2022 performances will mark the event's fourth year, having taken a hiatus last year as many things did under the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bird makes local stop ahead of race for Iowa Attorney General

A county attorney in central Iowa running for Iowa Attorney General made a stop in the Lakes Area on Thursday. Guthrie County Attorney Brenna Bird said her campaign is traveling to all of Iowa's 99 counties and seeking support to appear on the ballot for the position currently held by Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller.

Spirit Lake man now facing first-degree murder charge in Milford shooting case

Update Feb. 4, 2022: The Iowa Department of Public Safety provided additional information on the shooting in a Feb. 3 statement. An initial criminal complaint had listed Goyne-Yarns as a resident of Jackson, Minnesota.

Former County Supervisor Paul Johnson passes

By Seth Boyes - News Editor

A memorial service for former Dickinson County Supervisor Paul Johnson is expected to be held in the Spirit Lake at a later date this year. Johnson passed away Dec. 29, 2021, at the age of 89.

Rare severe winter storm largely spares Dickinson County

By Seth Boyes - News Editor


Public hears plan for second proposed CO2 pipeline

County to consider possible action

By Seth Boyes - News Editor


Area residents gathered in the Dickinson County Expo Building midday Thursday to hear about a second carbon sequestration pipeline which may cross portions of southern Dickinson County.

Pillsbury Point residents oppose possible path along state shoreline


Residents in the area of Pillsbury Point on West Lake Okoboji have filed a court petition against the city of Arnolds Park and the state of Iowa. The group says the city plans to improve a nearby pathway but claims the city has abandoned rights to it. Both the city and the state have filed for the case to be dismissed.

Film maker turns to Lakes Area roots in creating ‘The Willowbrook’


Okoboji alumnus Zach Koepp took a few different paths in life before becoming a film maker, but he said story telling has always been a part of his life.

Lake Park murder suspect tries again to sway witness, court files protective order


Corridor Corporation recognizes regional businesses

IEDA Director looks to what's next


In the Iowa Corridor Development Corporation's fiscal year 2021, the organization:

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